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2013 National Cyclo-Cross Championships ...
Congratulations to Welsh Under 14 riders Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) and Tomos Nesham (Cardiff JIF). Jessica emphatically confirmed her race favourite status by finishing nearly 3 minutes ahead of the second-placed rider to add a 2013 National Champion title to her National Trophy one. And Tomos won a race-long battle for second place at the end of only his first season of cyclo-cross.
2012 National Trophy Series concludes...
Jack Ravenscroft may have taken the Junior Men's title but Adam King (Cardiff JIF) made him work for it in the final round, just being edged out by the Solihull CC rider in a sprint for second place but earning himself a third place in the final series standings. Towy Rider Jessica Roberts, however, confirmed her dominance, finishing 50 seconds ahead of runner-up Emily Wadsworth (Beeline Cycles), to take the Under 14 Girls' title.
2012 Welsh Cyclo-Cross Championships ...
Though well-known for his Welsh MTB Cross-Country and Enduro promotions over the years, the 2012 Welsh Championships is a first Cyclo-Cross event for John Lloyd MBE and the mtb-marathon.co.uk club; members of the club have been enthusiastic supporters of the Welsh League this season.
A record entry of 178 riders from all parts of the Principality and beyond will contest the four Championship and two supporting races. Riders familiar with events at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Showground in Mid-Wales in the past will remember that the figure-of-eight main course makes use of the "parking hill" that is a backdrop to much of the Showground. Riders are taken to the top of the hill on tarmac road and then make a sweeping descent by way of grass banks and gravel hard-standing over the series of car-parking terraces to the gentler lower section which incorporates the U12/U10/U8 course; a set of wooden steps completes the course.
The Senior race will see Team Wiggle's Lee Williams looking to secure another Welsh Cyclo-Cross Championship title and fierce competition for Team victory. With multi-titled Veteran Phil Roach (Team Jewson/MI Racing) now in the V50 category, the V40 title is up for grabs; in-form Adam King (Cardiff JIF) will be looking to pull on the Junior jersey. The Youth Boys' race promises to be hard-fought and entertaining and the U12s could keep everyone guessing.
Race times: U8 10.15; U10 10.30; U12 10.45; Youth 11.15; Jun/Vet/Women 12.15; Senior 13.30
Welsh League Round 9 ...
Junior Adam King (Cardiff JIF) returned from World Cup duty in Koksijde the day before to show the rest of the field a metaphorically clean pair of wheels at the 'Cross over the Canal/Round 9 event at Govilon, near Abergavenny.
The farmland course, designed by the evergreen Graham Edwards, rode well despite the overnight rain and King looked comfortable throughout, expertly negotiating the slippery turns and climbs to finish a good minute ahead of the previous week's winner, Jonathan Pugh (CycleTec). Behind the leading pair, Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) won a three-way battle with Andrew Baum (Cwmcarn Paragon RC) and Mark James (Team Jewson) to take 3rd place as best Veteran. Melanie Alexander (Cardiff JIF) made a rare appearance and was a comfortable winner of the women's race.
"I was a bit tired after Saturday so I thought I would just go out hard for a couple of laps and try to hold it, which I managed to do" said King. "It probably did look comfortable, but I wouldn’t like to describe it that way!"
"It was pretty hard in Belgium. It was foggy, raining and five degrees when we got up and the rain made the sand wet and difficult to ride on. But the crowd was still huge and the whole experience of racing there for the first time was pretty amazing."
"My form is coming on pretty well; there is a National Trophy next weekend and hopefully I can get up there again and keep improving."
Interview with Adam King courtesy of www.britishcycling.org.uk
There was another thrilling finale to the youth race courtesy of under-16 Hefin Evans (Towy Riders) and under-14 newcomer Tomos Nesham (Newport Velo) which tipped the way of the former when Nesham slipped out on a muddy climb as they neared the finish. Under-14 Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) showed the boys a thing or two to finish first girl in fourth place.
National Trophy round-up ...
ROUND 5 REPORT >>
A comfortable win for Roberts and 4th for King.
ROUND 4 REPORT >>
Victory for Roberts by just 2 seconds and King is 3rd.
ROUND 3 REPORT >>
Victory for Roberts and 3rd for King a mere 4 seconds down on the winning Belgian rider.
ROUND 2 REPORT >>
U14 Jessica Roberts 2nd and Junior Adam King 4th.
ROUND 1 REPORT >>
Podium places for U14s Jessica Roberts (Towy Riders) and Megan James (Abergavenny RC) and an impressive 4th for Junior Adam King (Cardiff JIF).
Adam King in British Team for 'Cross Euros ...
British Cycling have nominated nineteen riders to contest the European Cyclo-Cross Championships in Ipswich on 3rd November. This is the first International Cyclo-Cross Championship to take place in Britain since the World Championships were staged in Leeds 20 years ago. Adam King (Cardiff JIF) is among the six Juniors nominated.
2012 BC Inter-Area Team Cyclo-Cross Championships ...
See Lee Williams' video of Senior/Junior race action on www.youtube.com
Welsh League Round 7 ...
It was back to business as usual for Lee Williams (Team Wiggle) after an end of season break, as he took victory on a new course at Pembrey Country Park.
Biding his time, Williams sat in a quartet of riders for the first 20 minutes before edging away. With Adam King racing at Ipswich, it was left to Andrew Baum (Cwmcarn Paragon) and Jonathan Pugh (CycleTec) to chase and working together they held Williams to 25 seconds on the line.
Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) was a convincing winner in the Veteran category; League leader Mark James (Team Jewson/MI Racing) was plagued by mechanical problems again and settled for third behind Ross Porter (Cwmcarn Paragon). Stephanie Best (Abergavenny RC) took victory in the Women's race.
The heavens opened for the Youth race but failed to dampen an exciting contest. U16 Hefin Evans (Towy Riders) lead from the start but a surge on the penultimate lap by U14 Tomos Nesham (Newport Velo) saw Evans' hold on for his first League victory in a sprint for the line.
Welsh League Round 6 ...
Junior Adam King geared up for the European Championships in Ipswich with a comfortable win in the main race of the day at the Foxley Cross near Hereford.
Taking the heavy and slippery conditions in his stride he gradually eased away from Jonathan Pugh (CycleTec) to reverse their positions at the previous round. Team-mate Matthew Thompson was the best of the chasers with Ian Jeremiah (also Cardiff JIF) getting the better of fellow Veteran Mark James (Team Jewson) on this occasion. The promoting club's Paula Moseley rode strongly to take victory in the Women's race.
Welsh League Round 5 ...
With the backdrop of an adjacent firework display, the start of the main race of the floodlit Merlin's Knight 'Cross at Carmarthen Park was an impressive sight as a field of 80 riders circled the concrete velodrome.
The racing was fast and furious at the front as Junior Adam King (Cardiff JIF) and Jonathan Pugh (CycleTec) matched pedal strokes and smoothly inched away from CC Abergavenny's Joe Lally.
But entering the velodrome for the end of the fourth lap, Pugh was alone and King was on foot having rolled a tyre and been overtaken by Lally and leading veteran Mark James (Team Jewson/MI Racing).
A lap later King had caught James and had Lally in his sights, but he was unable to get back to Pugh who eventually took his second victory of the series by 21 seconds. King pulled 24 seconds clear of Lally to take a hard-earned second place, while James survived a late attack by Ian Jeremiah (Cardiff JIF) to finish top veteran and Ruby Miller (Torq Performance) was a comfortable winner of the women's race.
Welsh League Round 4 ...
Completing a weekend of 'cross at Brecon (the Welsh Schools Cyclo-Cross Championships took place on the Saturday), a staggering 208 riders entered the Beacons 'Cross with 83 U12s and 101 in the main race. Thanks go to Clive Powell and his team for taking on organization of the event (in addition to his own on the Saturday) after Brecon Wheelers' Crad Lowe suffered serious injury falling from his horse. Crad made a popular appearance at the event to marshal ... on a mobility scooter!
Welsh League Round 3 ...
The weather forecast was spot on and the rain held off eight miles east of Haverfordwest until the last riders crossed the finishing line. The organizing team from Pembrokeshire Velo and the enthusiastic owner of the Clerkenhill Adventure Farm had put together a rustic and testing course for their first Welsh League promotion and many of the top riders made the journey across to West Wales to try it out.
Welsh League Round 2 ...
In 2011 the event at Risca basked in sunshine and a temperature of 20 degrees - this year it was business as usual. But the grim forecast did little to deter riders and another bumper entry braved the driving rain.
2012 Welsh Schools Cyclo-Cross Championships ...RESULTS >>
Welsh League Round 1 ...
What a start to the season .. a record-breaking entry of 77 U12s and 98 in the main race. Senior Andrew Baum (Cwmcarn Paragon) made a commanding start to his 2012 campaign, and will hope for better luck this year, but Junior Adam King (Cardiff JIF) will be hot on his heels.
50th Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross Race ...RESULTS >>
This year sees the 50th anniversary of the revered 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross in Yorkshire and on the list to be there on 30th September to celebrate the occasion is the usual contingent from Wales, bolstered by some new names from the North Wales Cyclo-Cross Group. Also among the entries in the V40 category is 1988 and 1991 World Cyclo-Cross Champion Thomas Frischknect from Switzerland.
Good luck to all the Welsh riders: Matthew Pritchard (Evolution Bikes), Paul Bennett, Donald Gray, Simon Nurse and Craig Standage (Cardiff JIF), Mark Baker (Deeside Olympic), Mark Davies (Cycle Coaching Wales), Stephen Bradbrook, Mark Jones, Carl Jones, Graham Jones, Ian Knight and Christina McKay (North Wales Cyclo-Cross), Gareth Chislett and Shaun Lewis (CC Blaenau Gwent), Owen Davies (Abergavenny RC), Ruth Metcalfe and Peter O'Brien (Rhos-on-Sea CC), Adrian Peall (Forza Cycles RT), Hanneke van der Werf (Team Jewson/MI Racing) and Peter Windsor (Clwb Beicio Llyn).ENTRY LIST >>